Medical research is moving faster than ever, and while this is exciting news for patients waiting for new and better treatments, it also highlights the bottlenecks that are slowing the process down. One such bottleneck is clinical trial patient recruitment; a third of all delays for Phase III studies are caused by difficulties finding patients to take part. And while it’s estimated that recruitment costs make up 40% of all trial expenditures, 80% of studies fail to meet their enrollment deadlines. These delays are costly, too – for many sponsors, every month delayed can cost an additional $1 million.
With the high stakes for both patients and the bottom line, it’s important to get clinical trial recruitment right. There are many companies that specialize in just this – they’ll research your target patients, write ads, conduct outreach, prescreen patients, and connect them with sites. The perfect recruitment company depends on what’s being studied and what type of support is needed.
Ninety percent of trials require the original timeline to be doubled to meet enrollment goals, but with a strong recruitment strategy, finding the right participants doesn’t have to be difficult. The companies listed above offer a variety of services, including digital patient engagement, automated platforms, community-based recruitment, decentralized clinical trial tools, and genetic testing. Selecting the right partner to recruit patients to take part in your trials is the first step to successful trial execution that avoids delays and costs associated with recruitment challenges.
Are you working on a registry, natural history study, or clinical trial with a genetic component? Sano’s platform combines genetic testing, participant recruitment, and patient engagement in one place to streamline your operations, and can help precision medicine developers run their research up to 10 times faster, at a fraction of the cost.